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Reshma Saujani    

Lawyer, Politician, Founder of Girls Who Code & Marshall Plan for Moms

Reshma Saujani is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four and a half million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is the host of the award-winning podcast “Brave, Not Perfect.”

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code.

Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2019 academic year, Girls Who Code had reached over 185,000 girls across all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.

Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

In 2020, Reshma joined the Board of Onward Together. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University and on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and those impacted by humanitarian crises., and as an ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Saujani lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.

Speech Topics


How to Fail First, Fail Hard and Fail Fast Topics: Courage Inspiring Lives Motivation Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges Personal Growth Reshma Saujani is a serial failed politician. Strikingly, it is because of her failures she has built a national movement that is changing the conversation about women and technology. Recounting her personal narrative and lessons learned in this compelling, dynamic and earnest presentation, Saujani also weaves in stories of other accomplished women who have overcome roadblocks and forged new paths—women who have similarly learned to live an authentic life by taking risks and choosing to seek failure rather than fear it. Offering tools to improve resiliency and embark on new ideas, she ignites and inspires audience members to pursue risk and help reshape the country.

News


Wall Street Dem covers up her past and runs again - Salon.com

Remember Reshma Saujani, the hedge fund congressional candidate? She's back, but don't mention the hedge funds.

Reshma Saujani: "I'm One Of You" | New York Daily News

Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani – founder of the tech non-profit "Girls Who Code" – released her first TV ad of the campaign Wednesday, ...

Al Sharpton Deputy Endorses Reshma Saujani | New York Daily News

Harlem Pastor Michael Walrond, a director in Sharpton's National Action Network , has endorsed Reshma Saujani, saying she'll use the office to create “real ...

This Company Is Making It Cool For Girls to Become Coders

Founder Reshma Saujani, a former New York City public advocate, discovered her mission while running for Congress in 2010. Saujani tells ..

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